Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims around the world observe a month-long period of fasting and spiritual reflection. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin around April 2, 2023, and will last for approximately 30 days.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. This period of fasting is intended to promote self-discipline, empathy, and spiritual growth. In addition to fasting, Muslims also engage in additional prayers and charitable acts during Ramadan, making it a time of community, generosity, and reflection.

In the UAE, the observance of Ramadan brings about a number of changes in people’s work schedules and attitudes. Many businesses and government offices will adjust their hours during Ramadan, typically opening earlier and closing earlier to allow for people to break their fasts and attend evening prayers. This means that many people’s work schedules will shift during this time, with shorter workdays and longer evenings.

In terms of food, restaurants and cafes in the UAE will typically close during the day, but will reopen in the evening for iftar, the meal eaten after breaking the fast at sunset, and suhoor, the pre-dawn meal eaten before fasting begins. Many hotels and other establishments will offer special iftar and suhoor menus during Ramadan, featuring traditional Emirati and Middle Eastern dishes.

Information about iftar and suhoor timings in the UAE can be found through a variety of sources, including local newspapers and news websites, social media, and mobile apps.You can check with local mosques or visit the official website of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (https://www.iacad.gov.ae/en/pages/home.aspx) and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Abu Dhabi (https://www.awqaf.gov.ae/en/Pages/default.aspx) for the latest information on iftar timings during Ramadan 2023.

Overall, Ramadan is a time of great significance and importance for Muslims in the UAE and around the world. The month-long observance brings about changes in people’s daily routines and attitudes, fostering a sense of community and spiritual growth.

Wishing you all a Ramadan Kareem!

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